Physical activity includes anything that provides movement to our body and keeps us active. It need not necessarily mean working out at the gym, engaging in a sport, doing Zumba or brisk walking. There are many who don’t even put their slightest effort to get their body off that comfortable couch. For such people, even light activity can make a great change in their sedentary lifestyles.
Heart attack and stroke are major causes of death worldwide and we know that moderate-intensity or high-intensity exercise can help reduce cardiovascular death risks to a great extent. But, much research does not exist on the benefits of low-intensity exercise.
A new study done by a reputed University proves that performing low-intensity physical activity such as standing, walking or doing household chores can benefit one’s health than previously assumed. To be precise, researchers have discovered that even replacing 30 minutes of sedentariness with day-to-day activities reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 24% and death from all other causes by 11%. This is a unique study as it analyzed more number of people (1,200) across a very long-time span (15 years).
Also, replacing sedentary time with just 10 minutes of moderate or intense workout sessions can decrease death due to cardiovascular disease by 38% and when the workout time was increased to 30 minutes per day, it decreased the risk by 77%.
This study comes as a pleasant surprise to all as we are generally fed with the thought that every person requires at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity workout or 75 minutes of intense workout sessions to stay free from diseases. Do your swimming laps, go for a jog with your buddy or decide upon a tennis match to play during the weekend to involve yourself in entertaining exercises. If you are a person who feels that allocating 10 minutes of time from your work schedule is a nightmare, try practicing at least light activities such as conducting walking meetings, standing and working at your office, climbing stairs to reach your work floor or doing some household chores. If you wish to follow a healthy diet along with your physical activity sessions, get in touch with registered dietitian nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com who can help you lose weight and stay off diseases.
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